Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory (QCML) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, IL. QCML is operated and staffed through Western Illinois University (WIU). QCML performs research, development, and technology transfer with commercial, government, and academic institutions, focused in the areas of advanced materials, manufacturing, and robotic technologies. Examples of manufacturing processes at QCML include 3D metal printing (Laser Additive Manufacturing), Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS), Friction Stir Welding (FSW), Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), and collaborative robotics.
QCML's mission is to: • Function as a national resource for research and development (R38D) of advanced materials and manufacturing technology for commercial and military applications. • Demonstrate and transition cutting-edge manufacturing technologies to partner organizations. • Facilitate collaboration among manufacturing, research and educational institutions • Partner with the Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) and the manufacturing industry to develop and implement technological innovations • Promote and sustain job growth